Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W.V., said Sunday on CNN that he would not support the Biden administration’s $3.5 trillion budget bill citing a lack of “urgency.” Manchin, who on Sept. 2 had called for a “strategic pause” in the Democrats’ spending agenda, is considered a key vote in the evenly split Senate.
Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer had said he was moving forward with the $3.5 trillion package — a key initiative for Democrats, who control the White House, Senate and House.
“He will not have my vote on $3.5 [trillion] and Chuck knows that, and we’ve talked about this,” Manchin said in an interview with Dana Bash on “State of the Union.”
“We’ve already put out $5.4 trillion and we’ve tried to help Americans in every way we possibly can and a lot of the help that we’ve put out there is still there and it’s going to run clear until next year, 2022, so what’s the urgency? What’s the urgency that we have? It’s not the same urgency that we had…